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    The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession (Hardback) By (author) Allison Hoover Bartlett

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    DescriptionIn the tradition of "The Orchid Thief," a compelling narrative set within the strange and genteel world of rare-book collecting: the true story of an infamous book thief, his victims, and the man determined to catch him. Rare-book theft is even more widespread than fine-art theft. Most thieves, of course, steal for profit. John Charles Gilkey steals purely for the love of books. In an attempt to understand him better, journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett plunged herself into the world of book lust and discovered just how dangerous it can be. Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Bartlett befriended both outlandish characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, she has woven this entertaining cat-and-mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes, where he stashed the loot, and how Sanders ultimately caught him but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. Immersing the reader in a rich, wide world of literary obsession, Bartlett looks at the history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages, to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love.

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    The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
    The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Allison Hoover Bartlett
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 274
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9781594488917
    ISBN 10: 1594488916

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    LC classification: Z992.8 .B37 2009
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    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Riverhead Books,U.S.
    Publication date
    17 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "In this great read about the collector's obsession gone wrong, Ms. Bartlett gives us fascinating glimpses of the rare book world, the criminal mind and the limits of journalistic involvement. Anyone who has trouble passing a used bookstore without going in will love this book."
    -Lynn H. Nicholas, author of "The Rape of Europa"
    "Hats off to Allison Bartlett for a splendid contribution to the literature of bibliophilia/bibliomania, the John Gilkey-Ken 'bibliodick' Sanders story is one that cried out to be told, and she has accomplished it with style and substance. Very nicely done."
    -Nicholas A. Basbanes, author of "A Gentle Madness"
    "A fascinating journey into a strange, obsessive world where a love for books can sometimes become a fatal attraction."
    -Simon Worrall, author of "The Poet and the Murderer"
    "John Gilkey wanted to own a rich-man's library in the worst way, and was soon acquiring expensive first editions in the very worst way of all: theft